7 great SUVs for winter
2014 Chevrolet Suburban LT
Fuel Economy: 15 mpg city/21 highway/17 combined
Payload: 1,576 lbs.
Max Towing: 8,000 lbs.
In terms of pure size, this is the biggest honkin' beast on our list. The Suburban LT's an inch longer than the Ford Expedition EL and stretches more than three feet beyond the tail of the Nissan Xterra. No one had even imagined the term “sport utility vehicle” when the first Suburban was built in 1935. So it's a true original. Beyond its storied history, we like it because it can carry a full load of nine passengers and still have scads of cargo room. The LT version includes tri-zone automatic climate control, power adjustable pedals, backup camera, five auxiliary power outlets and a nine-speaker Bose-infused audio system. The 320-horsepower 5.7-liter V-8 and six-speed automatic transmission contribute to a surprisingly smooth and comfortable ride when you're not slogging through the muck.